Friday, 24th January 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Cycling past the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, it occurs to me that that title usually denotes royal patronage. I wonder if a prince has ever, indragnito in his mother’s bridal veil and with boots (and letters) patent, made the short trip south of the river to cry, ‘Teste meipso, I just can’t wait to be Queen!’*


* “Where (as in letters close and patent) the king himself authenticates the sealing, the clause has, since Rich. I, begun teste meipso ‘witness I myself’” (OED).